In the wake of The Washington Post‘s bombshell report that Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore tried to sexually groom a 14-year-old girl when he was in his 30s, more and more Republicans have come forward to call on Moore to leave the race.
If Moore has any supporters left, he’ll probably see that reserve dwindle now that another accuser has come forward claiming he sexually assaulted her when she was 16. Now, Ted Cruz (R-TX) is adding his name to the list of prominent Republicans who are abandoning Moore.
Speaking to The Washington Examiner, Cruz called on the former Alabama Supreme Court Justice to drop out of the race. Cruz also said that he believes the allegations against Moore.
“As it stands, I can’t urge the people of Alabama to support a campaign in the face of these charges, without a serious persuasive demonstration that the charges are not true,” Cruz said. “Grown men don’t typically sign high school girls’ yearbooks. As the father of two young daughters, this is a disquieting allegation, but let me repeat Judge Moore is entitled to present a defense.”
“The people of Alabama deserve to have the option of voting for a strong conservative who has not committed criminal conduct,” Cruz said. “If these allegations are not true, then Judge Moore needs to come forward with a strong, persuasive rebuttal demonstrating that they are untrue.”
This Monday, Beverly Young Nelson became the the fifth woman to come forward with accusations against Moore. According to Nelson, Moore sexually assaulted her in the 1970s when she was just 16-years-old. During a press conference, Nelson showed her yearbook from 1977 containing a written message allegedly signed by Moore.
Moore accuser Beverly Young-Nelson: "My husband and I supported Donald Trump for president. This has nothing whatsoever to do with the Republicans or the Democrats. It has everything to do with Mr. Moore's sexual assault when I was a teenager." (via CBS) pic.twitter.com/jyICrAQ6Tx
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 13, 2017
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